How to handle fatigue

By admin
08 September 2013

What you can do

If you feel that you are run down and ‘tired all the time’, and your attempts to get some extra rest and recharge your batteries don’t seem to be working, it may be a good idea to examine your lifestyle and see if you can pinpoint the reason for your sluggishness. If you can’t, it’s time to go and see your doctor or clinic sister for advice.

Here are some other things you can try:

Eat a balanced diet – crash dieting can cause sleep problems.

Stay away from alcohol and caffeinated drinks (e.g. Coke), especially close to bedtime.

Don’t eat just before bedtime.

Take exercise – people who do sleep better than those who don’t.

Try to go to bed and get up at the same time every day.

Make an effort to relax before you go to bed, such as by reading something that doesn’t stimulate the mind, or by listening to soothing music.

If you are a woman of child-bearing(menstruating) age, you may need an iron or vitamin supplement.

How much sleep do we need?

On average, adults need between six and eight hours sleep in a 24-hourcycle – preferably all at once. Some people can exist by taking several ‘catnaps’, but it’s usually more beneficial to have one good, long, uninterrupted sleep. This is believed to help concentration during the day, and help prevent illness because it boosts the immune system. Children of school-going age need at least 10 to 12 hours of sleep per night, while toddlers will probably need about 14 or 16 hours, including one or two daytime naps.